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Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger * This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's 11th career start at Auto Club Speedway. * In 10 starts at California, Kahne has one win, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. * In 2006, Kahne...

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

* This weekend will mark Kasey Kahne's 11th career start at Auto Club Speedway.

* In 10 starts at California, Kahne has one win, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

* In 2006, Kahne led 130 laps at California en route to his sixth career NSCS victory.

* Kahne has finished no worse than 13th at Auto Club Speedway during the races in which he finished. He has two DNFs at California as a result of an engine failure (spring 2007) and an accident (spring 2005).

* Kahne has an average start of 8th and an average finish of 13th at California.

Kahne Discusses Racing in the Auto Club 500:

You did not have the finish that you were looking for in the Daytona 500 (29th). Does this race at California set more of the tone for the season? "I think you have a better idea of where you are after this race. Daytona is such a different race. California is more like the type of tracks that we'll race at all year. We only have restrictor-plate races four times a year so I think this weekend's race is a good test for the work that has been done in the off season and will give us a better idea on where we still need improvement."

Do you compare the racing at California to any other tracks?"It's hard to compare tracks to each other. I think California was built to be like Michigan but they're pretty different tracks. California doesn't have a lot of banking but it is a pretty fast track. I think, like every track, getting the car to handle in the corners is the biggest thing. It's a two-mile track and the front and back stretches are pretty long."

How physically demanding is racing at California Speedway? "I don't think that it's too bad. There's a lot of time at this track where you can relax going down the straightaway a little bit. The corners are so long that you can have a loose car and work through the corners a lot which can wear you out and get your heart rate up. It's not too bad though, I wouldn't say that it's one of the more physically demanding tracks."

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kasey Kahne